Amidst deep fried nacho balls, PB&J on a stick, and the butter cow at the Iowa State Fair, actress Ellen Page found Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz grilling up some meat and took the opportunity to skewer his political views, particularly those pertaining to LGBT rights.
“What about the question about LGBT people being fired for being gay-trans?” Page asked Cruz on Friday.
“What we’re seeing right now, we’re seeing Bible-believing Christians being persecuted for living according to their faith,” Cruz responded. Page, who came out last Valentine’s Day, pressed him by stating, “You’re discriminating against LGBT people. Would you use that argument in segregation?” The Texas senator said he did not want to engage in a debate at the time.
Cruz did give the following example, however: “Imagine, hypothetically, you had a gay florist and imagine two evangelicals wanted to get married and they decide, ‘You know what, I disagree with your faith and I don’t want to provide flowers.'”
Halifax-born Page has expressed dissent towards Cruz, who also was born in Canada, and his beliefs for years, tweeting “Too bad Ted Cruz didn’t spend some more formative years in Canada and realize how great public health care is,” back in 2013. Cruz, however, told ABC News he didn’t know who Page was.
Page was in Iowa working on an LGBT travel series called Gaycation with Ellen Page for Vice Media. Video of their interaction can be seen below.